What’s the Point?

[This article was written by Matt Nevins.]

Each day millions of people wake up in the morning, go through various activities through the day, and go back to sleep that night. Some have developed a schedule that is followed daily. Life becomes repetitive and people tend to get stuck in the rut of everyday life. The monotony that may occur will cause individuals to raise the question, “What is the point to life?” Mankind has a fundamental need of purpose and a sense of value in order to have a satisfying or meaningful life. Answering the question, “What is the point?” will provide the drive needed to establish a meaningful life.

Now the source to the answer of this question is debated among mankind. One will contend that introspection will answer the question, another may rebut with nature as being the source of knowledge, yet another will say that science is the source for this answer, and a slew of other theories can be thrown out and debated. The sources above cannot provide mankind with the correct answer. The foundation to understanding is a reverent and respectful fear of the Lord. Those who will refuse to have fear will not be able to live life to its fullest and make their lives foolish (Proverbs 1:7, 27-33). The Bible teaches that the way in which to live is not within man (Jeremiah 10:23), nature only testifies of a creator (Psalm 19:1-6), and science can only try to explain how we got here and nothing more until a knowledge of God is retained (Romans 1:20-23). God has given to us the task to give meaning and purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:10). All of the understanding needed to achieve a meaningful life comes from the source of life.

So what gives meaning to life? The observation Solomon made was that all is vain (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Solomon was the wisest man on the face of this earth and one of the most powerful rulers in history. Solomon had investigated and strove to obtain satisfaction and meaning in life through partying, working, obtaining riches, and yet at the end these endeavors proved to be meaningless (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11). So what is the point if these avenues cannot provide meaning? Before Solomon began his rule as King of Israel, his father David admonished him to follow what God says in order to be successful (1 Kings 2:3). Close to the end of life, Solomon concluded that serving God is the way to have meaning in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). The charge that Solomon began with is the conclusion that he drew after pursuing everything else. The point to life is to serve God!

When we strive to serve God, happiness and the sense of satisfaction is obtained. The beatitudes listed in Matthew 5:1-12 and Luke 6:20-23 describes the blessed person. People who desire to do what is right before God will have satisfaction. Serving God is the theme of life. This is evident in Paul’s life (Philippians 1:21). Even though Paul faced persecution on several fronts (2 Corinthians 11:23-28), Paul found joy and fulfillment in life because of the purpose and meaning God provides (Acts 26:29). The value of living righteously is priceless. We have a choice of either pursuing a life of riches and nominal happiness like Solomon initially, or we can choose to live like God desires. The end result of the former is an existence separated from the Creator in eternity while the latter yields an inheritance from the Creator (Matthew 16:24-27). You can have the same sense of purpose and value today. The source of understanding is from the Creator of life, who has given us a volume that is sufficient to allow us to know the will of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-5, 11-13). What is the point then? The conclusion we must draw of the matter is to fear God and keep His commandments.

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